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Asbestos survey for Waterloo underground station

Request ID: FOI-1213-2223
Date published: 08 September 2022

You asked

Please would it be possible to see the asbestos survey for Waterloo underground station

We answered

Our Ref:         FOI-1213-2223

Thank you for your request received on 16 August 2022 asking for the asbestos survey for Waterloo Underground Station.

Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of the Environmental Information Regulations and our information access policy. I can confirm we do hold the information you require.

Please find attached the requested information for Waterloo Station.

Due to the age of the Underground, asbestos is found in a number of locations on the network. However, in public areas the vast majority of Asbestos Containing Materials (ACMs) are contained behind station finishes and cannot be accessed by the general public. Where ACMs are found in public areas, they are located where they cause no risk to the general public or staff. All stations are re-inspected on a periodic basis to ensure that no damage has been caused to change this status. If, in the very rare case it is assessed and the status has changed for any reason, then a risk assessment is undertaken which will result in either encapsulation, encasement, or removal.

We have processes and procedures in place to ensure that the management of asbestos is carried out in compliance with the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012. Some of the main requirements that London Underground deliver under this regulation are listed below:
•           Identify the location and condition of hazardous materials
•           Maintain an asbestos register with known, presumed or strongly presumed asbestos
•           Assess and manage the risk of exposure
•           Prepare, implement, review & monitor the management plan to manage the risks
•           Regularly inspect known instances of asbestos
•           Provide information on the location and condition of the material to anyone who is likely to disturb it
•           Carry out management, refurbishment and / or pre-demolition surveys when required
•           Carry out airborne fibre monitoring where necessary
•           Maintain records detailing when and where asbestos is removed, treated and disposed
•           Request and retain Waste Consignment Note upon transportation of Hazardous Materials to Hazardous Waste Landfill site
•           Hold relevant Asbestos Management Qualifications

It is London Underground’s policy to continue to safely manage ACMs in-situ, through continued management surveys, re-inspections, risk assessments and pre-work Refurbishment & Demolition (R&D) surveys. We also carry out airborne fibre monitoring for asbestos for reassurance during work on or near to asbestos containing materials.

If this is not the information you are looking for, or if you are unable to access it for some reason, please feel free to contact me.

Please see the attached information sheet for details of your right to appeal.

Yours sincerely

Gemma Jacob
Senior FOI Case Officer
FOI Case Management Team
General Counsel
Transport for London

[email protected]


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